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    News Russia chooses Plushenko for Sochi Olympics

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/plushen...0587--oly.html

    Edit...the choice has been made and set in stone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavender View Post
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/plushen...0587--oly.html

    Not sure if this is set in stone...official announcement on Thursday. It's weird that this article is out when it's still not official.
    "Plushenko performed a test skate behind closed doors on Tuesday in front of Russian officials and leading judges."

    So much for transparency. I hope at least Voronov and Kovtun's people were able to attend the skate. I'm assuming video footage was strictly forbidden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy View Post
    So much for transparency. I hope at least Voronov and Kovtun's people were able to attend the skate. I'm assuming video footage was strictly forbidden.
    Well, the public kind of knows what Plushenko's form is currently based on Russian nationals. Kwan's test skate was under similar conditions yet no one saw her compete for almost a year.

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    Why would anyone think this is a surprise!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy View Post
    "Plushenko performed a test skate behind closed doors on Tuesday in front of Russian officials and leading judges."

    So much for transparency. I hope at least Voronov and Kovtun's people were able to attend the skate. I'm assuming video footage was strictly forbidden.
    Eteri Tutberidze Voronov's coach: ( google translate)

    "As for Plushenko , I believe that this man should be put somehow separately and discuss it separately. Perhaps he's got any in history , he took part in three Olympics. That's 12 years of visual work , plus now he's trying to be on the level. This country is not Russia - Plyuschendiya (laughs). I joke , of course, I say, but it really is presents itself. This man -is a history, a separate unit ."

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    Kovtun is really overhyped, at least what I saw at euros was not impressive, besides the jumps I mean, that happened not to be impresssive too. What was good was his music that carried you away and I dont know what Tarasova was thinking because he is not that matured or aged for this piece. I think they did not let him develop at his own pace.He was lost even before he started.

    There is a case Plushenko might crumble under pressure too but going by the odds here he maybe not, and it is huge boost, look at Tatiana and Maxim and how they are messed up. I dont know how you can love figure skating and wish Plush falls all over the place. I certainly didnt wish Kovtun to fall and gave a cheering SO to both Voronov and Menshov. Especially Menshov and his awesome Lp!

    Nobody of the three guarantees a team Gold for Russia anyway, and maybe not even Plush. If he manages to have a Euros 2012 skate with one quad (I hope he does just that really) it will be enough for the team, super Javier had almost the same marks on Saturday. If they send him I think it will be a great Olympic moment. In Euros I met so many people travelling to see Plush and Joubs last Euro skate I was almost shocked. And the love Jouby got from the crowd was amazing, I found it a great highlight of Euros!
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    I am very interested to see how he skates in Sochi actually. The pressure has never been off of him like it is now; in the previous three Olympics he was either the co-favorite or only favorite for gold. No one is expecting a medal from him so hopefully he can take advantage of that and skate his best.

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    I disagree - I think there is more pressure on him now than ever. He hasn't been competing hardly at all for 4 years, he's had surgeries, his body is put together with bubble gum and toothpicks and it's apparent (at least to me) that Russia is looking for him to do big things because he's the great Plushenko. It would be hard enough if he were in great physical shape, a few years younger, and had been competing regularly. But I do think the expectations for him to perform by his country and many people who remember him at his peak is pretty tough!!! I think it would have been better to use his name and his voice to advertise the games, etc. And athletes always think they have that one great skate or one great game left in them. I just hope he doesn't get injured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy View Post
    "Plushenko performed a test skate behind closed doors on Tuesday in front of Russian officials and leading judges."

    So much for transparency. I hope at least Voronov and Kovtun's people were able to attend the skate. I'm assuming video footage was strictly forbidden.
    The decision to close the skate was the federation's. Mishin and Plushenko wanted it to be open. But by all means, continue bashing Plushenko for others' words.

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    I cant believe he has the heart too deny a younger skater an olympic experience when he has plenty And is not as good as he used too be If he gets accurate pcs he should be way down there and he has no chance medaling whatsoever what a boring aspect of the olympics he will be... the most overscored boooring skater ever im gonna change the channel when hes gonna skate. Poor kovtun and voronov who were both soo much deserving than this!! The guy hasent even skated internationaly this season, except for a lame senior B

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraM View Post
    I cant believe he has the heart too deny a younger skater an olympic experience when he has plenty And is not as good as he used too be If he gets accurate pcs he should be way down there and he has no chance medaling whatsoever what a boring aspect of the olympics he will be... the most overscored boooring skater ever im gonna change the channel when hes gonna skate. Poor kovtun and voronov who were both soo much deserving than this!! The guy hasent even skated internationaly this season, except for a lame senior B
    Plushenko always has said it's up to younger to prove thrnselves against older skaters! And kovtun ,disregarding plushenko totally, didn't surpass voronov menshov! But this could be premature.

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    Kovtun gave them an out when he bombed at Euros .Get ready for some hip shaking posing overscored skating from Plushenko.This is ridiculous this guy has been to 3 Olympics.The Russians are so greedy for the team gold they cannot see their future with Kovtun.I hope he falls all over the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ingofan1 View Post
    Kovtun gave them an out when he bombed at Euros .Get ready for some hip shaking posing overscored skating from Plushenko.This is ridiculous this guy has been to 3 Olympics.The Russians are so greedy for the team gold they cannot see their future with Kovtun.I hope he falls all over the place.
    Kovtun was given the push this season to beat Plushenko
    but what does he do at high pressure events ? bombed the GPF SP and at Euros

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    Quote Originally Posted by ingofan1 View Post
    Kovtun gave them an out when he bombed at Euros .Get ready for some hip shaking posing overscored skating from Plushenko.This is ridiculous this guy has been to 3 Olympics.The Russians are so greedy for the team gold they cannot see their future with Kovtun.I hope he falls all over the place.
    Hate to break it to ya, but this is a SPORT and results/a Gold medal matters. Plushenko's experience and ability to handle pressure makes him a safer choice than Kovtun in the team comp, and neither really has any chance of medaling in the individual. I agree Kovtun has a lot of potential, but frankly I don't think it's at all certain that he's the be all end all of the future of Russian men (look what happened to Gachinsky). Personally, I see Adian Pitkeev on a trajectory to challenge and/or overtake him in the next quad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmyers View Post
    Plushenko always has said it's up to younger to prove thrnselves against older skaters! And kovtun ,disregarding plushenko totally, didn't surpass voronov menshov! But this could be premature.
    Problem is, Plushenko himself might not have surpassed Voronov and Menshov, given their scores at Euros.

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